I first discovered this idea here, and I thought how cool it would be to make gifts for the kids grandparents using this technique. Just in case it worked, I took pictures during the process, so I could share it with you. And boy, did it work! The results were fantastic, and it was so rewarding for Ava to see her picture turn into a candle!
Ava didn't actually draw on the candle. She drew on tissue paper, which we heated onto the candle. You'll just have to try it yourself, and then you'll understand! :)
- white candle
- white tissue paper
- regular white paper
- wax paper
- hair dryer or heat gun
- markers or pen for the drawing itself
|STEP 3: Wrap the tissue paper picture around the candle. Next wrap a piece of wax paper around that. (You can trim your wax paper down, but I didn't want to bother.)|
|STEP 5: Now you are ready to completely remove the wax paper and reveal your awesome candle!|
Ava has made three different candles. One was the nativity scene, another was a camping scene she drew based on her memories of camping with one set of grandparents, and the other was a beach scene she drew based on her memories of going to the beach with her other set of grandparents!
If you are worried that no one will burn the beautiful candle, because it seems wrong to burn up the child's artwork, I would suggest that you keep the white paper, which was under the tissue paper when your child was drawing. Chances are that the drawing is on it, too, because the markers bled through the tissue paper onto it. You can trace back over it to make it darker, or just give it as it is with the candle. Maybe then it will be easier for the loving recipient to burn the candle. :)